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NEWS 23 December 2016


As the year comes to a close we take a look over the highlights that has made 2016 such a brilliant one!!

Let's Rock

Saturday January 23rd the first Let's Rock event took place at Bridlington Spa and to it, and representing FRCA, were Immie Hart and Elizabeth Pickering, along with Lauren, Rob and Dylan who make up Unwired Society.


Funded by Youth Music the night was attended by groups from Bridlington, Goole and Hull and over 450 people made their way to the Spa to watch a cracker of a night.


The Monday and Thursday groups had spent the past 5 months working on and rehearsing Grease, and finally, on Saturday 30th, it happened!
With Immie as Sandy, Luke as Danny, Melissa, Chelsea, Katie and Courtney as the Pink Ladies and Liam, Garry, Ty, Alisha and Jack as the T-Birds, the night, attended by parents, carers and friends was a huge success.

FRCA win Rock Challenge Youth Division 2016!

On Saturday 7th May Freedom Road Creative Arts won the Youth Division of Rock Challenge with their piece entitled "On the Road to Culture", choreographed by Holly Shears and Chris Holmes.

On The Road to Culture was centred on two Tour Guides and four visitors to Hull who took a tour around some of the City’s most iconic events.

Focussing on Hull Fair, The Deep, Hull's Sports Teams and finally the Music Scene the dancers created a superbly entertaining and quirky routine which won the judges over.

With support from Wayne and Francis of Bransholme Community Arts Enterprise in helping create the set; Eurovia who provided us with the Orange Barriers, Yellow Hats and Hi-Viz Jackets and Lisa and Holly in making the costumes, this year was a big team effort and we thank you.


2016 was Tribfest's 10 year anniversary and promised to be the best yet as we again descended on Sledmere House for the weekend.

With some new bands and singers on the line-up for the Under 20's/FRCA stage this year, and with the opportunity to see the development of the regulars all in one place, there was an air of excitement sweeping through the camp.
Sam Bishop, Elizabeth Pickering, Rectifier and The Queen Riots kicked off the event on the Friday evening each with exciting sets.

Saturday saw Fiona Lee open and she was followed by Rob and Eric aka Voodoo Dance Party, who's electronic/dance grooves had the Marquee tapping its feet.

Imogen Hart followed with a set of self-penned songs which included the superb 'Till We Grow Old and Burnt to Ashes that demonstrated her quality song writing and performance ability.

Emmie Craft, back into the FRCA fold after some time away studying was next up, and how we have missed her. Emmie's outstanding vocals filled the marquee and brought more and more people in to watch.

And then it was Sunday. We started with Rhianna and Amelia who were at their first Tribby performing a range of songs accompanied by Liam and Iain. Snap Bak, aka Ollie and Tyler were next up performing a set of songs based around Tyler's strong vocals and Ollie's percussion skills. If this performance is anything to go by, these boys are going places. Superb!!
We don't have favourites, however I think we can all be excused for having that feeling about the group that came next.


The Freedom Road Collective are just ACE!! 20+ young people of all ages, coming together as a community with music at its core on a Saturday morning to learn and rehearse.

Not only do we have singers, but we have guitarists, Cajon players, keyboardists’, ukulele players and bass players who make up the group and their set just took the roof off!!


A FRCA legend; Emily Halsey - musician, singer and glitter beard stylist, joined the fun next. It was good to see Emily again and she did a small set that showed that she still has what it takes.

And then it was almost over. Almost only for our final band - The Unwired Society. And what a performance. Lead singer and guitarist Dylan Burton along with Lauren England on drums, Rob Moses (again) on bass and at times Green Day's tribute band Green Date's lead singer and guitarist Joe Sunday, they closed our time at Tribfest 16 in style!!
A fabulous weekend with fabulous staff, fabulous volunteers and most of all fabulous young people.

Other successes and performances in 2016 include;

Imogen Hart playing Sesh, Rectifier and Emily & Jaimie at Cornucopia

Fiona Lee and Voodoo Dance Party at Springboard

Snap Bak at Goole Youth Music and Unwired Society at Springboard

The Freedom Festival

This years’ Freedom Festival included a colourful Umbrella Dance on the opening night which some of FRCA’s young people took part.


It was then unfortunate that a Youth Stage was not included in the Festival year, which we had facilitated with Creative Voice since it’s inception in 2008, however teaming up with Jaz Bar and Off the Road we ran our our own Off the Freedom Road Fringe Festival at which over 20 acts took part over the weekend 3rd and 4th Sept.


Children in Need

We were then asked to take part in the Children in Need event, this year happening at Bridlington Spa. Taking Immie, Luke, Dylan and Tyler we again had a smashing night helping this region raise over £1 million!!

Christmas Party

With the year coming to a close only two events were left. On Sunday 11th December we held our Christmas Party which included an appearance from Santa and some further performances;


Tribfest Festive Stage

And on Thursday 22nd December the FRCA Collective and Tyt Rokahr performed on the Tribfest Stage outside St. Stephens bringing a fantastic 2016 to a close.

Merry Christmas to you all from the FRCA Team; Lisa, Liam, Jonny, Garry, Iain, Holly, Stephen, Ian, Jack, Emily, Luke, Katie, Alan, Nathan, Danielle, Jimmy and Anne-Marie.

2017 promises to be very Cultured experience!

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